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Fans of the sprawling universe created by Marvel Studios have been eagerly awaiting an update on the highly anticipated game since it was announced in 2017. At E3 2019 this week, Marvel finally gave fans a look at the game, which is set to be released in just over a year on May 15.
Many fans were delighted at the news, but others took to the internet to mock the upcoming Avengers videogame. In particular, they seized upon the jarring appearance of the title characters. Fans noted that none of the characters appearing in the game look anything like their Hollywood counterparts. In fact, while the game shares the same cinematic and character styles as the MCU, none of the characters will share a likeness or a voice with the superheroes we fell in love with on the big screen.
The odd-looking Avengers inspired instant memes.
live look at me watching Square Enix's AVENGERS game trailer at the precise moment where I realized they didn't get likeness rights for any of the actors pic.twitter.com/FMAGpV7c9p— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) June 11, 2019
MARVEL: We wanna use ya'll likeness in the new Avenger's game.— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) June 11, 2019
AVENGERS CAST: Cool. We each need $576,275,592.48
MARVEL: Cool. Lemme hit ya'll right back... pic.twitter.com/hsDeGcsMSL
While many people still expressed excitement for the Square Enix Marvel collaboration, others couldn’t get past the look of the characters. As some fans pointed out, it had less to do with the characters looking different and more to do with how, exactly, they looked. As one Twitter user put it “I could get over them not looking like the actors if they didn’t look so damn weird.”
I could get over them not looking like the actors if they didn't look so damn weird.— Sugar, Water, Purple (@TheArnold_SoM) June 11, 2019
They got Cap looking like an over the hill trainer at Planet Fitness.
excited to share this concept art for the new avengers game pic.twitter.com/RLcujTd2xa— Luke Plunkett (@LukePlunkett) June 11, 2019
Soon, the appearances of all the characters were being scrutinized. Most people couldn’t help but take a shot at the new and definitely-not-improved Captain America.
Stark must be short for Starkesian that man is Armenian— Chris (@clq035) June 11, 2019
This is literally an undyed Fieri pic.twitter.com/jMzBY4N0pb— Studio Glibly (@NoTotally) June 11, 2019
Cap look like a PE teacher pic.twitter.com/Ev8404WB4v— Young Person (@EricTrillman_) June 11, 2019
Other people couldn’t get past the plain and uninspiring looks sported by the rest of the cast. Natasha looks like a middle-aged bank teller. Bruce sports the exact same look—and even energy—of Mark Ruffalo, which really just makes you miss Ruffalo. At least Iron Man wears a mask.
She definitely called the cops the first time she saw Black Panther and Falcon outside the headquarters pic.twitter.com/OMznRwHZD8— Sophia Loren (@Sophia_Loren89) June 11, 2019
LMAO when I first saw Thor from the new Avengers game I thought he looks like fucking Haymitch Abernathy from the Hunger Games pic.twitter.com/zkU8vcMRwM— King of Skill (@TrueKingOfSkill) June 11, 2019
The Avengers game probably should have distanced itself from the look of the MCU more. Having a Bruce Banner dressed and styled like Mark Ruffalo really reminds you that it’s not Mark Ruffalo. Embrace a new look.— Captain Midnight (@midnightcap) June 11, 2019
Some people couldn’t get past the outdated look of the trailer, and others just wanted to know where the hell Hawkeye got off to.
This must be a PlayStation 2 exclusive— Box Fan On High All Year Round (@TerrellChuggs) June 11, 2019
new avengers game looking like ps2 shrek pic.twitter.com/LGnotsyWWw— jack (@js_lovett) June 11, 2019
The Avengers game looks okay. Need to see more. Costumes are questionable. Wish they included the cast from the films. WHERE IS HAWKEYE pic.twitter.com/oBY2fdktYi— Aniq (@RaniqDesigns) June 11, 2019
hawkeye appears in the avengers game at the pause menu, fucking off and doing something completely unrelated— E3 2019 News (@E3NewsLive) June 11, 2019
There were even some brave souls who strove to “fix” the looks of the character.
While many fans are still sure to be disappointed, there is good news. We will certainly miss the actors we’ve come to love through a decade of MCU releases, but the voice cast for the upcoming game is stellar. Nolan North, Laura Bailey, and Troy Baker are only a few of the top-notch voice actors listed. The game is set to be released on PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC upon release.
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.